Decision Points

"Decision Points” is a Washington Institute podcast on key moments in Israeli history. The first season focused on the history of U.S. Israel relations from the Balfour Declaration to hi-tech cooperation today. The second season focuses on key Israeli and Arab leaders.


The host, David Makovsky is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow in The Washington Institute's Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is a former senior advisor to the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, as well as a sought-after expert in U.S.-Israel diplomatic relations and territorial solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Guests include Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.; Natan Sharansky, a human rights activist and former Israeli government minister; David Petraeus, former CIA Director; and Tzipi Livni, former Israeli Foreign Minister.


The podcast is both a history lesson, a biography of the key leaders involved, and a look into how these decision points impacted the future of Israel and its relationships with the U.S. and the Arab world.